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Formula One returns to Austria

Formula One returns to Austria this weekend for the first time since the 2003 season.

The race will once again take place at the A1-Ring, although the track is now known as the Red Bull Ring after the company bought the track last year.

As it has been a long time since we have seen F1 at the Austrian track, I thought it would be good to produce a little fact-file for the track to allow younger or newer fans of the sport the chance to learn more about the track.

If the last couple of races in 2014 are anything to go by, it should be a cracker as the two Mercedes drivers go at each other once again. Red Bull will also want to impress at what is essentially their ‘own’ track.

Red Bull Ring 
Length: 4.236km
Number of corners: 9
Lap Record: 1:08.337 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2003) 
Previous Winner:
Michael Schumacher (2003)

Redbull
Most Wins: Alain Prost (3)
Most Wins (Team): McLaren (6)
Most Podiums:
David Couthard (5)
Most Podiums (Team):
Ferrari (20)
Most Poles (Team):
Ferrari (7)

Only four of the 22 drivers in 2014 have driven at the track: Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa

Formula 1 returns to AustriaControversial Moment
The 2002 Grand Prix held at the Austrian track has gone down in history as one of the most controversial ever. As with most of the races during the early  2000’s , Ferrari dominated the race from start-to-finish. Although this time, it was Rubens Barrichello who was leading the race ahead of his more illustrious teammate, Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher was going for the title and had a 21-point lead going into the race. Despite this however, Ferrari went straight onto the team radio and ordered Barrichello to let Schumacher past. The Brazilian initially refused but then had a change of heart on the last lap. The pair messed up the move however and Barrichello ended up slowing right down on the finishing straight, allowing Schumacher to cross the line in first place.

Fans at the circuit and around the world were outraged by the event and team orders were banned as a result.

 

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